Urge EPA to rethink toxic chemical after scientists say it can’t be managed
"Adequate control of human exposure would be difficult, if not impossible."
Science has proven that methyl iodide is a water contaminant, nervous system poison, thyroid toxicant and carcinogen. Despite this, the Bush Administration’s EPA registered methyl iodide nationally in 2007—automatically permitting this toxin for use in a number of states. Other states like California have their own state regulations and are still deciding whether to allow it to be used.
However, there is hope to pull this toxic poison off the market. On September 25, 2009, U.S. EPA publicly agreed to reopen its decision on methyl iodide, pending results of the California Department of Pesticide’s Scientific Review Committee, comprised of scientists from across the country.
The Panel’s data is in. Their report: this pesticide is toxic and harmful. "Adequate control of human exposure would be difficult, if not impossible." In addition their report raised serious questions about the scientific accuracy of the federal review that was done under the Bush Administration.
Difficult if not impossible to control—yet this carcinogenic chemical is being used in North Carolina, Florida and fields across the country right now. This has to stop. Help us hold EPA to their promise to follow the science on methyl iodide. Please retweet to sign the twitter petition today!